It’s for the Future of Computing

So I just took on a really cool project: I’ll be presenting to a group of high school students from all around Southern California on careers in computing! A friend of mine is on the board of the organization that organizes this event and he asked me to participate. The event is on March 1st, so that should leave me a good amount of time to prepare.

I can’t begin to explain how excited I am about this project. I’ve been so fortunate to have had a pretty successful career in computing so far and I’m happy to connect with students again. I was actually a TA back at UC Irvine, so it would be great to be back in that atmosphere.

I think the biggest reason why I’m so excited for this project is because I’ve been so excited about computing and how pervasive it is today. Computing touches so many different aspects of our lives, it’s hard not to get excited! It’s mind-boggling to think about the things that we have today that we didn’t have 5 years ago. Imagine where we’ll be 5 years from now…

I’d like to try a little experiment: I think it would be great to crowdsource the creative process for developing this presentation. Because the topic is so broad and so deep, I want to make sure I present the material in a way that fulfills what I think the job this presentation is hired to do — to motivate students to discover their true potential with the help of computing.

As I go through the process of brainstorming, outlining and creating the story, I will share the process here on my blog and on various social networks. If you’re interested in contributing your thoughts and ideas, I would love to hear them!

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